“What are the best cities in Europe to visit?”
We get this question very often. All the time, really. So, we decided to write a mega guide to our favorite European cities.
Europe is absolutely full of charming towns, picturesque villages, and historical castles. More than we could ever list to be quite honest. It’s pretty safe to say you will find beauty and wonder in just about any country you chose to go.
But which European cities should you visit on your next vacation or backpacking trip? Which European cities might you even choose to live in if you were to move? We put together a list of all of our favorites and then narrowed it down to 35 finalists.
Each one of these European cities offers something very special to tourists, expats, and digital nomads. Every one of these cities/towns is worthy of a visit. Each one will teach you or show you something you didn’t already know.
Alright, let’s get into it. The best cities in Europe await!
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The Best Cities in Europe To Visit
Prague, Czech Republic
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague offers incredible architecture, green parks, a vibrant atmosphere, and plenty of delicious beer to its visitors. Prague also happens to be our chosen home base, as we arrived here three years ago and totally fell in love with the city. So we’re a bit biased, but for good reason!
Get lost in the fairy-tale cobbled streets winding through the Old Town, marvel at the hilltop castle, and get your camera ready for Prague’s golden hour – when the sun begins to go down, bathing the city in a distinctive light, providing many a photo opportunity.
There is so much to see and do in Prague for every kind of traveler. Join the crowds on the St Charles Bridge, explore the Jewish Quarter, soak up the atmosphere in Old Town Square, and venture to some of the city’s neighborhoods like Žižkov and Nusla to explore lesser-known areas of Prague.
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget to mention the beer. It’s said that Prague has the best beer in Europe, and we can’t help but agree. Affordable, tasty, and delightfully refreshing there’s nothing better than a cup of delicious foamy beer after a day exploring the city. Immerse yourself among the locals at one of the many beer gardens dotted around the city and get a taste of daily life in this remarkable city.
Can’t Miss Prague Attraction – Charles Bridge
St Charles Bridge is a spectacular 14th-century bridge that stretches across the Vltava River. This tourist hot-spot provides some of the best views on either side of the city. The soaring spires of the Old Town on one and Prague’s hilltop castle silhouetted against orange skies on the other.
If you want to admire the bridge without the hoards of people wake up early and get there for the sunrise, where you’ll surely be able to snap some misty photos are the city wakes up around you. It’s truly spectacular at sunset too, where the sun casts an enchanting glow over the city and the skies turn all shades of yellow, orange, and red. You’ll always find a busker or two on the bridge, hoping to get a few crowns out of bewitched tourists, but it’s nice background music as you experience one of the best spots in Prague.
France’s cosmopolitan capital has been at the heart of art and culture for centuries. Characterized by its charming boulevards and monumental architectural icons, and infused with the romanticism and spirit of the French way of life – Paris is one of those European destinations that you simply must see at least once in your life.
Whether you’ve visited Paris in real life or not, you’ll definitely recognize many of its main attractions that have provided romantic backdrops for countless films, graced the front of magazines, and been painted and photographed into eternity. The iconic wrought-iron Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the never-ending halls of the Louvre, and the recently damaged Notre Dame are some of the city’s most visited landmarks. Whatever floats your boat you’ll find it and plenty more in Paris.
Paris is one of those cities that’ll you leave never feeling completely satisfied because there’s just too much to see and do that it’s impossible, even if you live there. You can’t have everything though, can you?
Can’t Miss Paris Attraction – Montmartre
One thing you CAN make sure you see in Paris is Montmartre. A large hill in the 18th arrondissement of the city, Montmartre is a charming village area that was frequented by many artists and writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. These creative minds were intoxicated by Montmartre’s artistic atmosphere and inspiring inhabitants.
The cobbled streets of Montmartre are lined with cute cafes where you can perch yourself and sip a “cafe au lait” while you watch the world go by, as well as boutique shops and quaint restaurants where you can stop for a bite to eat. It’s also home to the famous Moulin Rouge where you can still catch some of Paris’ leading shows.
With year-round sunshine, stunning beach panoramas, and vibrant cobbled streets – Nice is one of the places in Europe you simply can’t afford to miss. Nice is an insightful combination of French and Italian culture which although geographically situated in France retains a strong connection to the Italian way of life. You can find mouthwatering pasta around every corner, plenty of sun and sand, and charming architecture that bridges the gap between the two Mediterranean countries.
For centuries Nice has been attracting crowds of sun-worshippers and artists to its sandy shores with the promise of relaxation, rejuvenation, and inspiration. Frequented by belle-epoque aristocrats before the outbreak of World War I, adored by artists like Picasso, Renoir, and Matisse, and nowadays a hot spot for water-sports junkies – Nice’s allure undoubtedly stands the test of time.
Nice’s sandy shores are among some of the best beaches in France – a leisurely stroll along the Promenade de Anglais at sunset is an experience you’ll never forget.
Can’t Miss Nice Attraction – Parc de la Colline du Chateau
An evening amble to the Parc de la Colline du Chateau is a highlight among Nice attractions. The hillside park provides mesmerizing views over Baie des Anges, Old Nice, and the Port.
The maze of greenery features a man-made waterfall and a cafe to stop and have a coffee before heading back down to the city. If you want the breathtaking city and sea panoramas then Parc de la Colline du Chateau is a definite must-see in Nice!
Nowadays, Berlin is a world capital of cultural, artistic, and individual expression. The city’s history is a richly textured tapestry filled with tales of destruction, revolution, division, and reunion. Although it was bombed to pieces during World War II, when the Nazis based their headquarters in the city under Hitler’s rule, the city paved the lengthy road to recovery and pays tribute to the past with historical remnants of a time gone by which remain in place around the city.
Berlin’s approach to life today is a stark contrast to its dark history. Freedom, expression, and individuality are encouraged and celebrated throughout the city; a fact which is evidenced by its multicultural neighborhoods, visionary inhabitants, and innovative collective mindset. Despite being a sprawling metropolis filled with financial sectors, parliament buildings, and start-up companies, at the heart of Berlin is a creative spirit unmatched by any other European city.
A youthful vibrancy brings the city to life at night. You’ve heard it said that New York is “the city that never sleeps” right? Well, whoever said that obviously hadn’t been to Berlin. Filled with 24/7 clubs, bars, and music venues; Berlin’s nightlife scene caters for everyone. Whether you’re drawn to the idea of a jazz club, intrigued by the idea of an all-night long techno party, or curious to see a cabaret – you’re guaranteed to find it in Berlin. Its capacious gastronomy is also noteworthy, and includes cuisines from all over the world and caters to a huge vegetarian and vegan scene.
Can’t Miss Berlin Attraction – East Side Gallery
November 9th, 1989 is a date that will be forever remembered as the day the Berlin Wall fell. The wall had been physically and ideologically separating East and West Berlin for almost 30 years to keep the fascists on the Western side from undermining the Socialist state of the East. Located near the center of Berlin, on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
Munich is one of the best cities in Europe and manages to combine its rich Bavarian history with a flourishing contemporary scene. Visit one of the city’s many museums and learn about its compelling history, explore spectacular royal palaces, and enjoy an evening mingling in the fairy-lit beer gardens where there are always new friends to be made. The city’s burgeoning art scene shouldn’t be missed, and the art district (The Kunstareal) is a great place to start.
You’ve probably heard the words “beer” and “Bavaria” mentioned in the same sentence before, and it’s no wonder why. Brewing is a tradition deeply embedded in Bavarian culture and lifestyle, and Munich is one of the best cities in Europe to visit if you’re a fan of the refreshing beverage.
Brimming with beer gardens, breweries, lively pubs, and flattering lederhosen – there’s no better city for beer-lovers! Oktoberfest is Bavaria’s most famous event and attracts millions of people from all over the world who want to be merry and “Prost!” all night long. The charming Christmas markets are also a huge attraction, so if you’re in the right place at the right time don’t miss it!
Can’t Miss Munich Attraction – Nymphenburg Palace
Nymphenburg Palace was built from the 17th-19th century as a luxurious summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. Spend a day exploring the breathtaking interiors and perfectly pruned gardens of the palace to understand how the other half live! If you’re planning a trip to Munich, then Nymphenburg Palace is an attraction not to be missed.
Germany’s second-largest city Hamburg became the center of international trade in the middle ages, casting it into the spotlight and paving the path for the city to become the modern metropolis it is today. Hamburg remains truthful to its maritime legacy, and the spirit of the sea is reflected in the lifestyle of the people who live there. Get lost in the traditional winding streets of the Old Town, fill up on delicious food and drink (beer, lots of beer), and spend hours exploring the many museums and learning about the city’s captivating past.
Hamburg is one of Germany’s most modern and youthful cities. There’s a huge contemporary music and art scene which you can find in the independent galleries, artisan shops, and trendy bars exhibiting the newest local and international talents. Wound together by hundreds of picturesque canals, there are countless green parks and historical sites to discover in what we consider to be one of the best cities in Europe. Hamburg is one of those humble cities that has so much more to offer than is expected.
Can’t Miss Hamburg Attraction – St Pauli
If you want to guarantee a great time in Hamburg be sure to visit the quarter of St Pauli. Famous for its football club, harbor, and red-light district, today St Pauli is one of the trendiest and most happening areas in Hamburg. Immerse yourself in the neon lights, live music, cabarets, and clubs that make St Pauli so much fun.
The seductive Andalusian capital, Seville’s intoxicating energy and compelling history make it one of the best cities in Europe. A maze of medieval streets, Seville’s historic center is filled with baroque churches, Mudejar palaces, and vibrant flamenco clubs that give the city an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the world.
Seville entices visitors all year round due to its fantastic climate, palpable energy, and unbeatable gastronomy. Life in Seville revolves around enjoying life’s most basic pleasures. Enjoy a cafe con leche in one of the many plazas as you watch the people go about their daily lives; explore museums and learn about the city’s history; and feast on delicious tapas while getting to know the friendly locals.
Despite being a city swathed in history, Seville is as modern as it is old. There’s plenty of nightlife to enjoy, music to listen to, and Flamenco to dance – so make sure you get a good night sleep before you arrive! If you’re still not convinced check out our list of things to do in Seville – it’s worth it, trust us.
Can’t Miss Seville Attraction – Alcázar of Seville
One of Seville’s most visited attractions is the Alcazar. The Alcázar of Seville was built in 913 and has been revamped countless times over the centuries. What stands today is a spectacle unmatched by any other in the world.
The stunning architectural feat is the oldest functioning royal palace in Europe and features some of the most beautiful design and decor in the world. Explore the Alcázar of Seville and its grounds for just $12.50.
One of the best cities in Europe for art and culture, Madrid perfectly combines a historical setting with a vibrant and modern atmosphere. Chock full of museums, tapas bars, and expansive green parks – Madrid remains a tourist hotspot all year round.
Amble through the busy boulevards filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. Check out some of the world’s most famous artworks in Madrid’s “Art Triangle”, which includes The Museo del Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Stop for a break in one of the city’s many plazas, where you can slowly sip a cafe con leche and people watch ‘til your heart’s content. Spanish people value their time and aim to enjoy each moment of every day.
Unlike other European cities, where life seems to move at 100km per hour, Madrid is the perfect European destination to relax, unwind, and enjoy living life in the moment.
Can’t Miss Madrid Attraction – El Retiro Park
El Retiro Park is one of Madrid’s top (and free!) attractions. With acres of shady grassy areas to enjoy a break from the relentless sun, there’s no better place to stop for a bite to eat. Grab a bocadillo and unwind on the grass, or indulge in a refreshing cup of sangria on the lake-front before setting off to explore the city again.
Inside the park, you’ll find a magnificent glass-palace modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, landmark statues of Alfonso XII and the Fallen Angel, and a small lake where you can hire rowing boats. The relaxed atmosphere of the park makes it the perfect place to visit on a sunny day.
Situated on the Iberian coast of Spain, Barcelona is a melting pot of history, culture, and nightlife oozing with wild energy. Weave your way through the winding streets and magnificent cathedrals in the Gothic quarter, admire the marvelous buildings designed by the city’s own architect Gaudi, and marvel at Roman-era temples and ancient city walls that reflect over 2000 years of Barcelona’s history.
Delve into the city’s rich creative history and explore fascinating museums dedicated to artists such as Picasso and Miro, and go on a Gaudi-trail to gaze in wonder at the weird and wonderful work of Spain’s most iconic architect.
Sit back and relax at one of the golden sand beaches of Barcelona before taking a dip in the deep blue Mediterranean waters. Sample some delicious Spanish and Catalan cuisine at a world-class restaurant or cozy restaurant.
When the sun goes down the city transforms. Tapas bars are brimming with people socializing and enjoying a glass of sangria or a caña; the streets are abuzz with late-night shoppers and eager tourists; and if you can stay up late enough, a myriad of clubs and bars awaken, beckoning a huge international party crowd.
If you can’t hack city life for too long, Barcelona is one of the best places to visit in Europe if you want to experience spectacular natural beauty. Surrounded by soaring mountains, there are plenty of hikes to embark on, parks to explore, and fresh air to fill your lungs with. It’s also surrounded by plenty of fascinating smaller cities and towns that make great day trips, such as the medieval marvel of Girona.
Can’t Miss Barcelona Attraction – Park Güell
Situated on top of Carmel Hill in the Collserola mountain range in Barcelona, Park Güell is a great place to spend an afternoon wandering around. This popular spot features green parks and architectural gems designed by Antonio Gaudi. Gaudi’s imaginative style makes Park Güell a playground for the mind. He drew inspiration from natural forms, and the park is a remarkable stylistic feat unlike anywhere else in the world.
Spend the day exploring all that the park has to offer and enjoy breathtaking views over the city as the sun goes down and the sky transforms into a sea of purples, pinks, and blues.
Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city Lisbon features stunning architecture, fairytale castles, and an atmosphere that keeps the tradition alive like no other. Surrounded by 7 hills, each of the hills is topped with a miradouro (viewpoint) offering captivating views of the city’s surroundings and its pastel-colored urban areas. With unbeatable cuisine, picture-perfect views at every turn, and some of the best nightlife on the continent, Lisbon is one of the best cities in Europe that you must see at some point in your life!
Lisbon’s history is utterly compelling. Through the centuries Lisbon has seen Moorish rule, Spanish conquest, French invasion, one of the most destructive earthquakes in human history. Its hugely varied history has shaped it into the modern and thriving city that it is today.
Visitors to Lisbon definitely shouldn’t miss the city’s medieval Tower of Belem, which defended the city for hundreds of years, or the hilltop São Jorge Castle which dates back to the 11th century, as well as the National Museum of the Azulejo which exhibits over 5 centuries of decorative tiles that characterize the city.
If you’re looking for a party then Lisbon’s Bairro Alto district is the place to be. Deceivingly laid back during the day, by night Bairro Alto transforms into a lively hub of wine bars, LGBT friendly clubs, and student hot spots.
Can’t Miss Lisbon Attraction – Alfama District
One of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods, the steep cobbled streets of Alfama are filled with traditional craft shops and charming cafes and offers plenty of incredible views that’ll definitely complement your Instagram feed. If you want a taste of the traditional way of life in Lisbon, then the Alfama neighborhood is a must-see.
Amble up the winding streets or ride the number 28 tram like a local, and admire the postcard-perfect views of the pastel-colored buildings, overhanging washing lines, and gorgeous decorative tiles. Don’t forget to stop along the way for a tasty Pastéis de Nata (Portuguese custard tart) in one of the cafes!
Situated on the banks of Rio Douro, Porto is one of the best cities in Europe thanks to its edgy vibe, spectacular historic, cutting edge architecture, and unbeatable gastronomy. Get a feel for the city’s artistic side by exploring the numerous art museums showcasing Portuguese and international talent, such as the Museu de Arte Contemporânea If you don’t have time for museums, you can admire the incredible street art adorns medieval walls around every corner as well as the thousands of azulejos (hand-painted tiles) that embellish the city.
Porto is straight from a postcard, with soaring bell towers, magnificent Baroque churches, and colorful houses that characterize the riverside city. Get a full view of your stunning surroundings from one of the countless miradouros, trendy rooftop bars, and terraces.
Embark on coastal walks, take a ride on a traditional rickety tram, and weave your way through the winding streets of the old town stopping off at Petiscarias (Portuguese style tapas bars) to refuel along the way. Its proximity to the Atlantic means that Porto has some of the best seafood around, so be sure to try it!
Can’t Miss Porto Attraction – Cais de Ribeira
Porto’s riverfront promenade, the Cais de Ribeira provides spectacular views of the colorful hillside houses and the flat bottomed boats that bob on the waters. Soak up the atmosphere, let yourself be serenaded by buskers, and duck into one of the traditional taverns for a cheeky glass of wine and a bite to eat.
London, United Kingdom
London is a sprawling and chaotic capital which somehow manages to be one of the most highly-functioning cities in the world. Situated on the banks of the Thames river which runs through England, London is a melting pot of history, culture, and creativity unmatched by any other European destination.
This high-profile city is home to countless A-list celebrities, who you might just spot wandering the streets of Notting Hill or Kensington. Its bourgeoise facade obscures a gritty underworld, where enormous clubs pump out drum and bass music all night long, upcoming artists and musicians fight for their place in a competitive creative world, and economic inequality results in diverse neighborhoods unlike anywhere else in the world.
Home to world-class museums (all of which are free, by the way!), fantastic theaters, a plethora of cuisine, and spectacular historic monuments – London will have you on your feet at all times. London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe, a fact that is reflected in every aspect of life in the big city.
Any Londoner will most likely tell you that it’s completely impossible to visit the city in a week, let alone a weekend. Despite being infamously expensive, it is entirely possible to make your trip to London budget-friendly. Being the thoughtful and generous people that we are, we’ve done the dirty work for you and come up with a complete guide to find cheap (or free) things to do in London.
Can’t Miss London Attraction – British Museum
One of the best museums in Europe, the enormous British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art, and culture. It features a comprehensive permanent collection of some 8 million works, a lot of which was sourced during the British Empire.
Among some of the fascinating objects on display are Egyptian mummies, Parthenon sculptures, and the legendary Rosetta Stone. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get lost in the endless halls and exhibition rooms – it’s definitely not something you can see in a few hours!
Bonus Tip – Don’t miss out on London’s food market scene, which is one of the very best in the world!
Scotland’s enigmatic capital has a dark past, but that doesn’t change the fact that today it’s one of the most energetic and thriving places to visit in Europe. Greystone buildings and winding hills characterize the city’s compact old town which sits imposingly on a craggy hillside overlooking the new town – a humble reminder that its history can never be forgotten.
Scotland’s history is nothing short of fascinating. The area surrounding modern-day Edinburgh has been inhabited for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the Scottish king began constructing Edinburgh castle in the 11th century that the city began to flourish and grow. Over the centuries many great artists, writers, scientists, and philosophers have called the chilly city home – it was here in a little cafe that J.K. Rowling began writing Harry Potter!
The city has so much to offer visitors, from guided ghost tours of the city’s underbelly to nearby natural wonders like Arthur’s Seat to its very own Acropolis at Carlton Hill – you definitely won’t be a loss of things to do. Get your hands on some traditional pub-grub at one of the city’s crowded pubs, sample some of the best whiskeys in the world, and enjoy the thriving nightlife scene that is kept alive by students all year round.
Can’t Miss Edinburgh Attraction – The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the name given to a succession of adjoining streets which run through Edinburgh’s Old Town. Perched atop an extinct volcano at the end of the Royal Mile is Edinburgh Castle, which is a great place to begin your exploration of historic Edinburgh.
As you stroll down the Royal Mile you can admire the gorgeous architecture that surrounds you, as well as the eerie cobbled streets and narrow staircases which connect the upper and lower streets. There’s plenty to discover as you go, including some of the city’s best foodie spots, numerous traditional pubs, shops selling authentic Scottish wool, as well as museums and galleries. If you’re at a loss for where to start your exploration of Edinburgh, the Royal Mile will take you in the right direction.
Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow is a booming, riverside metropolis and one of the best cities in Europe for non-stop nightlife.
Victorian architecture characterizes the city, as stately homes and public houses were built from the prosperity that came from manufacturing and trade. Always a humble city, Glasgow is forever proud of its working-class history pays tribute to the people who made it successful with innovative heritage displays. Modern, youthful, and brimming with art and culture – Glasgow is a must-see European destination.
The city is home to numerous museums displaying architectural treasures, quirky objects from around the world, and fabulous fine art collections. Kelvingrove showcases natural history alongside a stunning art collection, and down by the water the Riverside museum exhibits an extensive collection of paintings and objects collected from around the world.
Glasgow’s fantastic nightlife scene is complimented by the joviality of those that frequent it. If you’re looking for a good time then Glasgow is definitely one of the best places to visit in Europe. Pop into a local pub and befriend the chatty locals, catch some live museum at venues and low-key pub events, or hit up the Pink Triangle where you’ll find an LGBT scene guaranteed to be a good night out.
Can’t Miss Glasgow Attraction – Gallery of Modern Art
The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is a must-see Glasgow attraction for anyone who appreciates forward-thinking and creativity. The museum displays work from Scottish and international artists, with permanent and temporary exhibitions always displaying thought-provoking art. You’ll find GOMA in the heart of Glasgow in Royal Exchange Square, and it’s completely free to enter!
Brimming with traditional pubs, historical monuments, and Irish Charm – this small capital is one of the best cities in Europe for those interested in history, culture, and Guinness. Dublin thrives on drunken revelry, heritage, and an international crowd that is drawn to the city by a promise of a good time – and Dublin isn’t one to break promises.
Once the most spectacular city in the Georgian Empire, Dublin’s history is still very much a part of its modern life. Walk around the city and you’ll happen upon stunning architecture, fascinating monuments, and plenty of museums dedicated to spreading the word about Dublin’s awesomeness. A great way to be introduced to the city is with a free walking tour, where you’ll be led between all the best spots in the city and given a small explanation about their importance.
Although it’s not the prettiest European destination, Dublin’s charm and friendly inhabitants definitely make up for it. Dubliners are charismatic and super welcoming, and they’ll be more than happy to explain to you all the reasons why Dublin is one of the best cities in Europe. They’ll do it in those cute Irish accents too, which is even better.
Dublin is a cosmopolitan city that has embraced multiculturalism in recent years, making it the melting pot of culture and language that it is today; so head down to the pub and get to know the locals over a pint or two of Dublin’s favorite beverage – Guinness!
Can’t Miss Dublin Attraction – Temple Bar
Situated in the city center on the south bank of the River Liffey, Temple Bar is a popular neighborhood where you’ll find an international crowd, top-notch restaurants, and, of course, pubs aplenty.
Pubs are constantly crowded, and you’ll often find live music and DJ sets happening. Temple Bar combines hedonism with tradition, and it’s the perfect spot to visit in Dublin if you want to have an unforgettable night – just don’t drink too much of the dark stuff!
Located in the lush, castle-filled County Cork, Cork City may be compact but it definitely has big energy that makes it one of the best places to visit in Europe, hands down. Located on a small island in the middle of the River Lee, Cork City is surrounded by winding waterways, filled with grandiose Georgian avenues, winding alleyways, and chock-full of traditional pubs and eateries.
The city underwent a severe economic recession and has since built up its strength and is now thriving as a modern, cosmopolitan city that’s undoubtedly worth a visit. Stroll along the waterfront, get caffeinated at one of the numerous artisan coffee shops and get a feeling for local life in a cozy, dimly-lit pub.
Can’t Miss Cork Attraction – The English Market
Opened in 1788 by the English protestants that once controlled Cork City, the English Market is a treasure trove of fresh local produce. Featuring ornate ceilings, columns, and a spectacular marble fountain – the English Market is a must-see in Cork City. Countless vendors set up their stall for the day with colorful displays of the best fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, and fish around. Soak up the atmosphere as the locals do their weekly grocery shopping, and grab a bite to eat at this fantastic indoor market.
Brussels has a thriving contemporary art scene, a vibrant atmosphere, and spectacular art nouveu architecture at every turn. This makes it, without a doubt, one of the best cities in Europe for travelers eager to mix history with the modern. Filled with trendy bars, funky shops, and picture-perfect historic monuments – Brussels has something for everyone.
One of the joys of traveling is sampling all the different food and drink from around the world. Brussels is famous for its beer – so definitely have a refreshing pint or two in one of the hip bars that line the streets. Try some delicious and not-so-healthy frites which are chips which have been deep-fried twice – because once simply doesn’t cut it. Or indulge in a traditional waffle doused with sugar and chocolate. Although not the healthiest cuisine in the world, there’s an increasing scene for organic, vegetarian, and vegan food taking over the city – you just have to know where to look!
Brussels contrasting assortment of architecture characterizes the city. Stroll through the streets and you’ll see art deco facades, 19th-century mansions, and unappealing concrete developments from the 60s. At the center of it all is the majestic historic center which is home to one of Brussel’s coolest spots – the Grand Place.
Our idea of the perfect day in Brussels involves a walking tour of the city and immersing yourself in the magical atmosphere of this historic yet modern city. The best way to discover a city is on foot in our opinion and Brussels is the perfect European destination to walk for hours on end as you admire your surroundings. Add into the mix some necessary beer and waffle stops and you’re set for a memorable day in one of the best cities in Europe.
Can’t Miss Brussels Attraction – Grand Place
Grand Place is Brussels’ main square. Surrounded by towering Gothic buildings and winding alleys, you’ll find plenty of cafes and bars perfect for relaxing and people watching. The square is strangely secluded for a “main square” but when you find it you’ll be mesmerized by the spectacular architecture surrounding you and taken in by the chilled out atmosphere that fills the space.
The main focus of the square is the 15th-century city hall, but the numerous guild houses surrounding it are also worth mentioning. Grand Place is widely considered to be one of the most impressive main squares in the world, so you simply can’t miss it when you visit this European destination.
You can’t get much more picture-perfect than Bruges in northwest Belgium. Linked together by medieval cobblestone streets and dreamy canals, Bruges is one of the best-preserved cities in Europe. Walking through Bruges is like stepping right into the pages of a fairytale. Filled with soaring towers, charming market squares, and magnificent churches – Bruges is the perfect European destination to spend a weekend.
Bruges is undeniably beautiful at any time of day, but venture out just as the sun begins to go down and you’ll be greeted by an unforgettable scene of the city lit up, perfectly reflected in the waters of the canals. Spring is a fantastic time to visit this quaint Belgian city as it blooms with daffodils.
The central Markt plaza is popular for eating out, and you can find plenty of traditional Belgian restaurants here. Explore the many churches, stroll through the picturesque streets, and sample some fantastic beer and you’re guaranteed to have a great time in Bruges.
Can’t Miss Bruges Attraction – Rozenhoedkaai
Rozenhoedkaai (Quay of the Rosary) is one of the most photographed spots in Bruges, and it’s pretty obvious why. A stroll along the canal side quay affords picture-perfect views of Bruges’ timeless scenery. Find a canal side cafe to relax and sip a Belgian beer as you soak up the romantic atmosphere of Rozenhoedkaai.
The compact Danish capital has much more to offer visitors than it lets on. One of the coolest and most colorful cities in the world, Copenhagen and its inhabitants are so trendy it’ll make you question your own level of cool. Forward-thinking, youthful, and populated by some of the best-dressed people you’ll ever meet – Copenhagen is a European destination you don’t want to miss.
Copenhagen’s laid back atmosphere, attention to detail, and rich cultural heritage are just some of the reasons why it’s one of the best cities in Europe. Its city center is one of the world’s cleanest and greenest urban centers which is very much reflected in Copenhagen’s atmosphere and the attitude of its inhabitants. Here bicycles are more of a danger than cars, as most of the locals opt for the more sustainable option to get around. Its metro and bus system means that you won’t have to worry about getting from A to B.
Copenhagen has a rich historical and cultural heritage, and you’ll find plenty of museums and galleries offering insights into its Viking past, artistic know-how and penchant for design. Explore Copenhagen’s many districts, ducking into traditional Danish bars for a refreshing beer, and taking a break to indulge in its unrivaled international cuisine that emphasizes organic produce and healthy meals. One of the most aesthetically appealing cities in Europe, Copenhagen is a hip capital guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
Can’t Miss Copenhagen Attraction – Christiania
Established by squatters in 1971, Christiania is a former military camp turned alternative enclave. In 1971 the hippie community was thriving, and despite opposing the space the government bowed to public pressure and allowed Christiania to continue as a social experiment. The area has attracted alternative folk from all over the world whose ideals align with self-governance, ecological sustainability, and communal living.
Stroll through Christiania and delight in the quirkiness of its inhabitants, charming DIY homes, beer gardens, and music venues. Expect the unexpected!
Hungary’s grand capital Budapest features magnificent architecture, an abundance of hot springs, and some of the best nightlife in Europe. It’s a European destination that you can’t afford to miss! With plenty of monuments and attractions to keep you busy, the list of things to do in Budapest is endless.
The city sailed through its prime in the 19th century, during which most of the city that exists today was built. Dotted with baroque, neo-classical, and art-nouveau buildings – Budapest is a gem among European cities for its architectural riches alone. Marvel at the magnificent Parliament buildings, admire the city’s skyline from the banks of the Danube, and chill out in one of the many green parks – doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Budapest’s thermal bathhouses date back to Roman times, and they’re the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a soak in the warm waters. It’s also been said that a trip to the bathhouses is a great way to cure a hangover! Something to keep in mind as you read the next paragraph.
If you’ve heard about Budapest from fellow backpackers then you’ve probably heard about its crazy, unbeatable nightlife scene and the incredible and ruin bars that provide a unique nightlife experience. Affordable prices, non-stop music, and delicious wine are guaranteed to add up to a great night out in the vibrant capital. Luckily, Budapest is also one of Europe’s food capital, and you can find all kinds of delicious food including some local sophisticated Hungarian cuisine to line your stomach.
Can’t Miss Budapest Attraction – Gellert Thermal Baths
Constructed in 1566, Gellert Thermal Baths are the top choice bathhouses in Budapest and attract crowds of eager visitors every day. Featuring an octagonal main pool, looming columns, and brightly colored glass – these baths are the most Turkish in Budapest.
On weekends bathing suits are compulsory and can be rented for a fee. Do as the Romans did and spend a few hours soaking in the natural thermal springs, and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Situated on the banks of the Danube river, Vienna is a magical European destination with a compelling historical and cultural legacy. Birthplace of some of history’s greatest thinkers and artists, such as psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and musical genius Mozart, Vienna’s creative legacy is still very much alive and thriving. Brimming with museums, galleries, and historical monuments – there’s something in Vienna to entice any history buff.
Filled with impressive grand imperial buildings, Vienna architectural gems pay homage to the Habsburg monarchy, which resided in the city for over six centuries. The best way to discover a new city is on foot, so get on your comfiest shoes and get those legs moving. Stroll through the winding streets of Old Town Vienna, admire its astonishing palaces, and take a sunset stroll along the banks of the Danube, all while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of this one of a kind city.
Take a break in one of the many Viennese coffee houses, indulge in a plate of steaming goulash, and be sure to get out and explore the city’s many music venues showcasing local talent and honoring the city’s age-old affinity with music. The Viennese culture and way of life aren’t like anywhere else in the world, and to truly get a taste for it there’s no other way than immersing yourself in every possible way you can.
Can’t Miss Vienna Attraction – Vienna Woods
The Vienna Woods (Wienerwald) is a forested highland region that spans the northwest and southwest area of Vienna. If you love the outdoors then this is a must-see during your visit. Stippled with spectacular monasteries and fairy-tale castles, it’s easy to understand why this area of stunning natural beauty inspired the minds of creative geniuses like Beethoven and Strauss.
Escape the crowds in the city and spend the day hiking through the forest to clear your mind and breath some crisp mountain air. As you meander up and down the rolling landscape, you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views that have captured the hearts of locals and visitors for centuries.x
One of the most populated cities in the world Istanbul is chaotic, vibrant, and completely crazy. This spectacular city marks the point where Asia and Europe collide. Throughout history, Istanbul’s location has meant it is a strategic point for conquest, and it has seen Greek, Roman, Venetian, and Ottoman rule over the centuries. Physical reminders of these different cultures can be found dotted around the city, and there is still plenty of cultural diversity to be found in Istanbul.
Although it can be messy and hectic, Istanbul represents a beautiful kind of chaos. The city’s architecture has been influenced by Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule and some of the world’s most beautiful buildings can be found here. Most famously, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are incredible works of architecture and draw never-ending crowds every day.
As well as visiting the city’s architectural triumphs, there is plenty more going on in Istanbul. With a fantastic nightlife scene that carries on well into the morning, if you love to drink, dance, and be merry – Istanbul is the city for you. In recent years museums and galleries of all kinds have popped up throughout the city, and there are plenty of quirky cafes, trendy bars, and boutique shops to be discovered too. A historical city that has adapted to modernity, Istanbul is one of the best cities in Europe.
Istanbul’s cuisine reflects its diverse heritage and you’ll find all kinds of food from yummy Italian to delicious Asian dishes. The locals’ go-to dishes include kebabs, mouthwatering mezes, and fresh seafood. With some of the best restaurants in Turkey, Istanbul is a great place to sample all kinds of Turkish food and wash it down with a shot of the national drink – Raki.
Can’t Miss Istanbul Attraction – Grand Bazaar
Situated in the heart of the Old City the Grand Bazaar is an Istanbul experience you won’t want to miss. Brave the crowds and get lost in the maze-like halls of Istanbul’s prime shopping spot, where you’ll find anything you can imagine – really, we aren’t exaggerating. Mountains of aromatic spices, sweet-smelling Turkish delights, colorful hand-woven rugs, and polished silver jewelry line the halls of this bustling market hall.
Explore the labyrinthine streets around the Grand Bazaar and get a feel for daily life in Istanbul as you watch the hoards of locals and tourists minging and bartering for their goods.
Laced together by over 1200 canals, Amsterdam is affectionately known as the “Venice of the north”, and is one of Europe’s loveliest and most atmospheric cities. Attracting millions of visitors every year, and for good reason, the Dutch capital is characterized by its age-old canals lined with tall gabled buildings, and the thousands of bicycles whizzing down its winding streets.
Amsterdam is an artistic wonderland, where you can find museums dedicated to creative geniuses like Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt, as well as a thriving contemporary art scene. Amsterdam has a fantastic cafe culture and nightlife scene frequented by a youthful crowd throughout the year. World-class restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine line the streets, as well as trendy music videos and some of Europe’s hottest clubs.
Do as the locals do and explore Amsterdam by bike – it’s definitely the best way to get around. With bike rental shops around every corner, take a leaf out of this eco-friendly country’s book and ditch the public transport for two wheels.
Can’t Miss Amsterdam Attraction – Anne Frank House
Situated in a canal-side house, the Anne Frank House is a biographical museum dedicated to the city’s former resident. During the terrible years of World War II, the young Anne Frank lived in hiding with her family for 2 years.
The museum contains a startlingly sobering exhibition about the persecution of the Jews under Nazi rule and the discrimination they faced. You can climb the stairs to the secret annex that Anne hid in, and read excerpts from her heartfelt diary detailing her thought processes and emotions during this harrowing period of history.
Stockholm is one of the best European destinations for travelers who want to experience fairy-tale beauty without forgoing the vibrant and lively atmosphere. Spread across 14 islands, Sweden’s deceivingly compact capital is linked together by over 50 bridges, and features an excellent public transport system. The best way to explore Stockholm is on foot – so make sure you pack your comfiest shoes!
An inspiring mixture of the past, present, and future, Stockholm is unlike any other European city. The Swedish love sleek and modern design (they did come up with Ikea, after all), and Stockholm breathes elegance down to each coffee cup in every cafe.
There’s plenty to explore in Stockholm; world-class museums showcasing fascinating Viking treasures and all things ABBA; art galleries displaying the latest trends in modern art and design; sleek restaurants offering delectable international cuisine; and a hugely diverse nightlife that includes floating bars and pumping open-air clubs.
Can’t Miss Stockholm Attraction – Gamla Stan
Stepping into the city’s historic center, Gamla Stan can feel like you’ve somehow become lost and wound up in the illustrations of a fairytale. Don’t worry, it’s definitely a fairy tale world that you won’t want to leave.
Comprised of some of the windiest medieval streets you’ve ever seen, colorful gabled facades that’ll complement your Instagram feed, and plenty of charming shops, cafes, and bars to explore – an afternoon in Gamla Stan is a must when visiting Stockholm. Marvel at the extensive Royal Palace, learn about some of the world’s greatest minds at the Nobel Museum and sample some traditional Nordic cuisine in one of the stylish bistros.
The Øresund Bridge connects Denmark’s capital Copenhagen to Sweden’s 3rd largest city Malmö. If you’re traveling the Nordic countries, a trip to Malmö is a must. The small city is Sweden’s most multicultural, progressive, and eco-friendly – making it a fantastic place to explore and discover a unique and exciting atmosphere.
In Malmö, you’ll find a stark contrast between old and new in the Dutch-renaissance architecture characterizing the city’s old town, and startlingly modern architecture dominating the waterfront area. Filled with creative neighborhoods, hipster shops, and plenty of trendy bars and food havens – Malmö’s artistic underside makes it one of the best cities in Europe.
Can’t Miss Malmö Attraction – Gamla Staden
One of the Malmö highlights you definitely can’t miss is Gamla Staden, the city’s old town. Malmö’s historic district is almost entirely surrounded by water and charming historic buildings, as well as plenty of new ones which keep the atmosphere vibrant and exciting. Spend an afternoon walking or cycling around the cobbled streets of Gamla Staden, discovering many beautiful photo-worthy spots along the way.
The area is filled with boutique shops, museums, lovely cafes, quaint restaurants, and plenty of historic squares to check out and explore. We love Malmö so much that we’ve dedicated a whole article to the lovable city, check out our complete guide to things to do in Malmö, Sweden.
Italy’s cosmopolitan capital Rome is mesmerizing in its every aspect. Rome’s fascinating history is reflected around every corner. From the marvelous ancient Colosseum dating back to Roman times to the architectural feats that were spawned from ingenious Renaissance thinkers to the sprawling modern city that it is today – Rome remains a testament to its incredible past and present. Rome offers visitors an experience unmatched by any other city in the world filled with undeniable beauty and unique character.
If you want to gorge yourself on art and culture, then Rome is one of the best places to visit in Europe. Gaze in wonder at some of the world’s most astonishing paintings in world-class galleries; discover Gothic frescoes in quintessential churches; indulge in mouthwatering cuisine (Rome is where some carb-loving genius lovingly imparted the gift of “carbonara” upon the world); and bask in the glory of the world’s most iconic landmarks – all in one incredible city.
Regardless of its ancient past, Rome is very much a modern city. By night, locals and visitors soak up the lively atmosphere in traditional bars and trattorias, before heading off to enjoy Rome’s fantastic nightlife in its many late-night cocktail bars and clubs.
Deciding on one must-see location in Rome isn’t the easiest task we’ve ever been faced with, but we managed to pick one gem from the endless treasure chest that is sure to be unforgettable. However, if you’re eager to read about some more great spots in Rome check out our list of great things to do in Rome.
Can’t Miss Rome Attraction – Trastevere
Located on the west side of the Tiber River, Trastevere is one of Rome’s most authentic locations. “La Dolce Vita” is poignantly reflected in this delightfully laid back neighborhood. The medieval cobbled streets are the perfect backdrop to the bohemian inhabitants, artisan shops, and a lively nightlife scene.
Our idea of the perfect evening in Rome involves getting lost in Trastevere’s winding streets, enjoying a candlelit dinner at one of the charming trattorias, discovering the spectacular frescoes adorning the walls of its many churches, and enjoying an aperitivo (or two) in one of the trendy bars – all before meandering slowly back to your hotel with a gelato in hand. When in Rome, right?
Raw, chaotic, and perfectly imperfect; there are a hundred reasons Naples is one of the best cities in Europe, and we’re about to convince you in just a few paragraphs.
Naples offers a startlingly different experience to most other Italian tourist hot spots. It’s loud, crowded, messy, and utterly fascinating. Constantly abuzz with the hum of whizzing mopeds and the shouts of overly-expressive inhabitants, Naples charm lies in its uncontainable intensity.
Visitors to Naples will find an endless wealth of art, architecture, and history waiting to be discovered. Naples has a history that is just as much shrouded in myth and legend as it is in reality. Its extensive history dates back to the Neolithic period and has seen many civilizations come and go – including the Greeks and the Romans. The city is awash with monuments and historic sites which pay tribute to its compelling heritage, including the breathtaking Castel Nuovo and the intriguing San Gennaro Catacombs.
If you’re an art lover then Naples should definitely be on your European bucket list. Relish in the wealth of Pompeiian mosaics on display, marvel at marble sculptures so intricately detailed you won’t believe human hands capable of such a thing, and gaze in wonder at the many masterpieces of Caravaggio.
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the food. When you’re in Italy it’s completely natural to have food on the brain almost 24/7 because everything just tastes so damn good. Naples offers some of the most authentic Italian food around, and is known to have the best pizza, pasta, and coffee in the world. We’re definitely not going to argue. The Mediterranean provides some of the best seafood around, and the fertile soil surrounding the city boasts the perfect conditions for growing tasty vegetables. Do yourself a favor and save the diet until next month.
Can’t Miss Naples Attraction – Mt Vesuvius
Naples also has a dark past, struck by natural disaster, war, and organized crime. Our must-see location for Naples isn’t exactly the most cheerful of spots, but it’s definitely worth it. Naples lies in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius, an active volcano which famously erupted in 79AD.
You can take a bus from the city and hike about 30 minutes to the top of the volcano, where you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of Naples and its surroundings. Pompeii lies at the foothills of the volcano and remains frozen in time after the volcano erupted and buried the entire city in a layer of ash, killing everything in its wake. The excavated city offers a unique insight into Roman life and is a stark reminder of the power of mother nature.
Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the best cities in Europe if you want to be immersed in the remnants of one of humanity’s greatest periods. Florence’s entire city center is a Unesco World Heritage site, and it’s not hard to see why. Walk down the authentic 15th century cobbled streets and you’ll discover a world of art and culture unlike anywhere else in the world.
Filled to the brim with extraordinary architecture, world-class museums, and gourmet Tuscan cuisine – visiting Florence is an experience like no other. Florence oozes charm, romance, and beauty. There’s really nothing quite like taking a stroll along the River Arno, soaking up the enchanting atmosphere in one of the many piazzas, and sampling some of the world-class Italian cuisine on offer in the many trattorias and markets.
Don’t be deceived by Florence’s compact size; this city has enough history, character, and remarkable beauty to keep you occupied for weeks on end. Discover candle-lit chapels, frescoed churches, enigmatic sculptures, and traditional trattorias around every corner.
Brave the queue to see some of the world’s most prominent artworks displayed in the corridors and halls of museums worthy of being in museums themselves. The Uffizi is a must-see, its elegant halls filled with masterpieces by Botticelli, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and so many more.
Can’t Miss Florence Attraction – Walk along the river and hike to Michelangelo Plaza
Let Florence whisk you away into a dream-like state where “la dolce vita” is gospel, and end the day with one of the most rewarding hills you’ll ever climb. Hike to Michelangelo Plaza and watch in awe as the sun sets over Florence, bathing the entire city in a mesmerizing palette of fiery orange and soft pink. Don’t forget to fully charge your cameras before hitting up this spot!
Emilia-Romagna’s orange-hued capital, Bologna is one of the best cities in Europe for travelers interested in art, culture, and, most importantly, food. Home to the world’s oldest university, incredible medieval towers, almost 40km of porticos, and mesmerizing architecture, Bologna is a must-see Italian destination.
This vibrant city attracts a youthful and politically involved crowd. There’s a fantastic nightlife scene to be experienced here, as well as plenty of hidden galleries and artisan shops to be discovered among the red, orange, and yellow facades.
Bologna is the birthplace of the delicious tagliatelle al ragù (you might know it as “spaghetti Bolognese” which is… er… wrong), and trust us – you haven’t really tried it if you haven’t had it here. With fantastic fare around every corner, if you consider yourself a foodie then you must visit Bologna. As modern as it is historical, Bologna offers visitors an authentic experience of the Italian lifestyle. If you want to have some fun while you’re there, make sure you ask a local about the “seven secrets of Bologna”…
Can’t Miss Bologna Attraction – Le Due Torri
Asinelli and the Garisenda are known as le Due Torri, and have become a symbol of Bologna. You can climb the 498 steps to the top of the Asinelli tower and enjoy sweeping panoramas stretching into the distance. Tickets cost €5 but be sure to reserve a spot before because the towers are a popular spot among tourists.
Estonia’s picture-perfect capital Tallinn is a hugely underrated European destination. No longer existing under the thumb of stronger powers, Tallinn has found its own two feet to stand on. It holds up as one of the best cities in Europe due to its lively atmosphere, charming old town, and vibrant modern culture.
Tallinn has become more and more of a tourist magnet over the years as travelers have slowly caught on to the city’s unique allure and humbleness. Because of the recent influx of tourists, Tallinn is extremely efficient at coping with tourism; you’ll find plenty of delightful hotels, top-notch restaurants, and a great public transport system. With churches, historical buildings, boutique shops, cafes, medieval streets, and museums galore – you won’t have a problem filling up your Tallinn itinerary.
Can’t Miss Tallinn Attraction – Toompea Hill
Rising 30 meters above Tallinn, Toompea Hill is a limestone hill which, in Estonian folklore, is said to be the mound of the great King Kalev which was erected by his wife after he died. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t, but what we know for sure if that a hike to the top of this hill will provide you with some of the best views of the fairy-tale city below.
The city has always been ruled from Toompea Hill, which is now home to the Estonian houses of parliament. Explore the winding streets of the old town on your way up the hill, visit Tallinn’s castle on the way, and marvel at some unforgettable views when you reach the top.
Split is Croatia’s second-largest city, and its unique setting on the Dalmation coast between rugged mountains and the irresistible turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea make it one of the best cities in Europe. Split’s history goes back thousands of years, and the city has seen many settlers come and go, each leaving a distinctive mark on the impressive coastal city.
In Split, you’ll find plenty of fascinating museums, picturesque beaches, lush green parks, and some of the best nightlife in Europe. A night out in Split will surely leave you with a lasting impression, and a potential headache the next day. Start your night by hopping between some of the waterfront bars before heading to one of the thumping clubs to dance the night away. Split is a European destination guaranteed to be a hit with history buffs, beach-bums, and party people.
Can’t Miss Split Attraction – Diocletian’s Palace
Surround the gorgeous Old Town of Split is an enormous ancient palace built in the 4th century by Roman Emperor Diocletian. You can spend hours wandering the maze-like streets of the Old Town, marveling at the medieval walls of the palace.
Located right next to the harbor side Diocletian’s Palace is filled with bars, restaurants, shops and hidden alleys and squares waiting to be unknowingly stumbled upon. The streets are always bustling with locals and tourists, making it the ideal place to discover Split’s thriving atmosphere, and snap some great photos along the way.
Zagreb is a vibrant and cultural little city that’s definitely proven itself to be one of the best places to visit in Europe. The best way to explore Zagreb is to don your most comfortable sneakers and walk until you can’t walk anymore. The Old Town is a maze of red roofs and cobblestone streets, with spectacular architecture at every turn.
Discover the grittier parts of the town which have been transformed through local street artists leaving their mark on drab concrete walls. The youthful city center is always abuzz with music, markets, food stalls, and street performers; and the thriving cafe culture can’t be missed.
Can’t Miss Zagreb Attraction – The Museum of Broken Relationships
Not your typical city highlight, this compelling museum offers a unique insight into love and loss that you’ve never seen before. It’s not for the faint-hearted, and if you’ve recently had your heart broken we’d probably skip this one to avoid unnecessary public crying, but if you want a truly one-of-a-kind museum experience then don’t miss this charming Zagreb attraction.
Situated in a Baroque palace, the museum displays personal objects belonging to former lovers, each accompanied by a brief synopsis. Some of these objects will definitely bring a tear to your eye, but others will make you giggle to lighten the mood a little.
Although it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, we still believe that Bucharest is one of the best places to visit in Europe. Bucharest is a vibrant and modern city that’s overflowing with energy, but most travelers spend just a little time there before heading off to Transylvania. If you’ve got time in your Europe itinerary, then don’t skip out on Bucharest!
Explore the city’s many fantastic museums, soak up the atmosphere in beer gardens and trendy cafes, and breathe some fresh air in one of its lush parks. Most of central Bucharest is modern, however, there are some architectural gems dotted around the city. Look out for the splendid Orthodox churches from the 17th century, and charming Belle Époque villas that are tucked away in quiet corners of the city.
Communism had a huge impact on Bucharest and changed the aesthetic of the city as well as the lives of its inhabitants. The humongous Palace of Parliament is a classic example of Communist architecture that memorializes the dictatorial regime.
Can’t Miss Bucharest Attraction – Old Town
Bucharest’s Old Town is a huge open-air museum of excavated ruins. Exploring the Old Town is a great way to get a feel for this city and its compelling history. Explore the halls of the National Museum and learn all about Romanian history.
Sample some traditional Romanian cuisine in one of the charming restaurants housed in 18th-century buildings. Wait until the sun goes down and you’ll be right in the middle of all the action with the crowded pubs and pumping clubs. The Old Town is a must-see in Bucharest.
Situated near the border with the Czech Republic, Kraków is extremely underrated, but it’s definitely one of the best European destinations that you shouldn’t miss. Although it attracts over 10 million visitors a year, most of them are from Poland. Kraków is a treasure trove of history, architecture, culture, and cuisine remains incredibly low-key as far as European cities go. One of the biggest draws of Kraków is its affordability. The city is super cheap to visit, so it’s the ideal city to add to your itinerary if you’re traveling on a budget.
Kraków is home to one of Europe’s largest main squares. Enjoy the atmosphere in the square while you sip a coffee and watch as the city’s inhabitants go about their daily lives. Venture below the square to Rynek Underground Museum, where you can explore the old streets of Kraków. Wander the dramatic streets of the Old Town, duck into a restaurant and get a taste of some traditional Polish dishes, and marvel at spectacular churches. You’ll never be short of things to do in Kraków.
Can’t Miss Kraków Attraction – Wawel Castle
There are so many things to do in Kraków that choosing one isn’t so easy, but we managed it. The things we do for you guys…
Wawel Castle is a UNESCO world heritage site situated on a hill at the edge of the Old Town. Its impressive size, marvelous ivy-covered walls, and peaceful gardens make this a must-see destination in Kraków. Explore the castle interior and gawk at the ornate interiors which housed Polish royalty for over 400 years, and meander through the meticulously pruned gardens – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine!
With its diverse architecture, affordable prices, and a joyful atmosphere Poland’s capital Warsaw is one of the best places to visit in Europe. Warsaw has a tumultuous past, remnants of which can be seen throughout the city and in the unique buildings that combine its history and thriving contemporary scene. Admire formidable Gothic churches as well as a mixture of Renaissance and neo-classical architecture in the Old Town, looming socialist blocks, and modern marvels like the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. There’s never a boring moment in this vibrant capital.
Warsaw is filled with green spaces where you can just chill out and enjoy the sunshine, the most famous being the gorgeous Wilanów, which has been affectionately described as Poland’s Versailles. Take a stroll along the Vistula River, its promenade laden with trendy bars and lovely cafes. Warsaw is a fantastic place to test out some delicious traditional Polish dishes, with world-class restaurants, markets, and super affordable street food spots. Make sure to try some of the fantastic beer and the nations favorite drink: vodka.
If you’re a history buff then Warsaw provides some of the best museums in the world to learn about Poland’s compelling and tragic past. Wander the halls of the Warsaw Rising Museum and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and get an insight into the horrors that struck the city when it was almost destroyed in WWII. Warsaw has a flourishing art scene too, and there are plenty of contemporary galleries showcasing local talent as well as arresting street art to keep your eyes open in wonder.
Can’t Miss Krakow Attraction – Wilanów Palace
Wilanów is a must-see attraction if you’re visiting Warsaw. Commissioned by King Jan III Sobieski in 1677, the castle has seen many owners over the century and its architecture has constantly evolved as a result.
Baroque and neo-classical elements have been added over the years and it somehow managed to emerge from the destructive years of WWII practically untouched. Explore the Garden Galleries decorated with intricate 17th-century frescoes, elaborate apartments, and the perfectly manicured palace grounds.
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